Withdrawal from Moneybookers in Russia
Thread poster: Jeff Coho
Oct 29, 2010

Hi,

sorry, unfortunately, I don't speak any Russian.
For me this still seems to be the best place for my question.....I hope I'm correct.

I want to transfer a small amount ~50€ to a person in Russia via Moneybookers.
How can the person in Russia withdraw the money?

I asked the customer service of Moneybookers via telephone, but they couldn't answer in detail.
(The basic working is clear to me, I use Paypal for ebay-transactions in Europe and US regurlarly.)

The problem: When one registers an account with Moneybookers, one is asked to select a currency. So a person in Russia would choose Rubels - but there are no Rubels to select!

Assuming he chooses EUR or USD for his Moneybookers account, how does the transfer to the Russian bank work - and most importantly: does the Russian bank charge fees for transfering a foreign currency payment (Moneybookers would send EUR) - and if yes, how much? (The Russian person has no credit card)

Perhaps I misunderstand something - can a Russian Moneybookers user give a short explanation?

Thanks in advance!
Спасибо!


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Alexey Ivanov  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 10:13
English to Russian
From a MB user in Russia Oct 30, 2010

First of all, the person receiving the money in Russia must have a bank account in USD (if she/he does not have have a credit card). Moneybookers make transfers only in USD, even if you are sending it in EUROs. That's why Roubles are not listed as an option. MB charge the sender about $2.50 for the transfer, but the payee is not charged anything.
However, there are other things to consider. If it is a payment for a job, the transfer must go into the business account of the payee and he/she must be registered as a business and to get the money he/she will have to present his/her invoice for the job.
I can't say anything about payment into private accounts, because I receive payments from my clients into my MB business account where I am registered as a trader and then transfer the money into my business account in Russia.
If it is a one-off consider using Western Union instead which will cost you about the same and is much less hassle for the recipient.


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Jeff Coho
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..... Oct 30, 2010

Thank you for taking the time to answer my question, Mr Ivanov!

The transfer is private - not business related.
For me in Germany Moneybookers registration and transfer of money basically works the same as for Paypal. Only a normal bank account is needed.
I had the impression that it would be as easy for a person in Russia.
But I don't think USD-bank account are the rule for Russian people...
So basically if the person has no credit card it just doesn't work? Moneybookers could not provide that information, unfortunately.

(Western Union online charges 19€ for a transfer of 100€!; Unistream 5€ but registration for online transfers involves paperwork beforehand - so I first thought Moneybookers would be the best way)


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Rodion Shein  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 10:13
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USD Account Oct 30, 2010

It's as quick and easy to open a private USD account as a RUB one. No problem withdrawing funds from MB to this account.

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Jeff Coho
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.... Oct 31, 2010

Thanks for your answer Mr Shein!

In my case the recipient will not receive any USD payments regularly - so USD account is not an option - and as a student has no credit card.

For Business Moneybookers seems to be a fine choice - as you can assume credit card ownership and/or USD-accounts.

In my case I want to rule out any troubles and fees for the recipient; so I think Unistream will be the cheapest option. I considered normal Bank transfer, but my German Bank takes min. 7,67€ for the transfer plus 10€ for so called OUR fees, avoiding fees for the Russian recipient trough his bank.


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Rodion Shein  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
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Cost of USD Account Oct 31, 2010

Unistream is a good option. Still, I'd like to add that opening a private USD account costs nothing (at least, it's the case with my bank). Another benefit is the possibility to use this association (MB+USD account) in the future, whenever it may become necessary. Therefore, it's worth considering.

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